Last updated on November 14th, 2017
Cuba, officially the Republic Of Cuba, is a country in the Caribbean. One of the world’s greatest public health achievements happened in Cuba in 2015 when it eradicated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
Interesting facts about Cuba’s education, average earnings, banned items and more …
#1. The literacy rate in Cuba is 99.8%, which is one of the highest in the world.
#2. There are now just two countries in the world where Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold – at least not officially. They are Cuba and North Korea, which are both under long-term US trade embargoes (Cuba since 1962 and North Korea since 1950).
#3. Cubans were not allowed to own cell phones until 2008, when the ban was lifted by President Raul Castro’s government.
Flag of Cuba
#4. If you were employed in Cuba, you would get an average salary of just U.S. 20 dollars per month. Isn’t that strange?
#5. When viewed from the air, the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile. Hence, it is also referred in Spanish as “El Crocodilo” or “El Caima.”
#6. Cuban cigars are known as the finest cigars in the world. They are hand crafted with homegrown tobacco. Sugar made from sugar cane is their major crop.
#7. Nickel constitutes Cuba’s major export item at 21% of total exports. This volume equals 4% of all Nickel produced in the world.
#8. Of all the islands in the Caribbean, Cuba is the largest. There are as many as 4000 other islands in the region, which are much smaller than Cuba.
#9. Cuba has about 250 museums.
#10. January is the coolest month, while August is the warmest.
#11. Out of the 38,000 miles of roadways in Cuba, half are unpaved.
#12. Voting in Cuba is legally mandatory.
#13. The median age in Cuba is 39.9 years.
#14. Cuba has the highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world. Due to this fact, many Cuban doctors are sent to countries where medical aid is required.
#15. Internet access is restricted to less than 5% of the population among Cuba’s 11 million inhabitants.
#16. No one can legally own a car today in Cuba. Legal ownership of cars was discontinued by the government after 1959. Today, all the cars are owned by the Cuban government.
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